per·​jure | \ ˈpər-jər How to pronounce perjure (audio) \
perjured; perjuring\ ˈpər-​jə-​riŋ How to pronounce perjure (audio) , ˈpərj-​riŋ \

Definition of perjure

transitive verb

1 : to make a perjurer of (oneself)
2 dated : to cause to commit perjury

Examples of perjure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The court ruled that the minister in charge of welfare had perjured herself. Antony Sguazzin,, "With Welfare Repayment Looming, Net1 Seeks Bankruptcy Protection For Unit," 5 May 2020 On March 17, Exotic sued the federal government for $94 million, alleging among other things that he was convicted on false and perjured testimony. Los Angeles Times, "It has come to this: Will Trump pardon Joe Exotic of ‘Tiger King’?," 9 Apr. 2020 When evidence was scanty, or when misconduct needed to be covered up, police routinely perjured themselves to make sure case outcomes turned out as desired. Patrick Blanchfield, The New Republic, "The poisonous contradictions of coptalk," 31 Mar. 2020 Here the fact that the president had perjured himself was irrefutable. The Economist, "The politics and history behind Donald Trump’s impeachment," 12 Dec. 2019 In recent weeks, as a series of other witnesses contradicted key details of Sondland’s original testimony, some politicians and pundits have speculated whether Sondland had perjured himself. oregonlive, "Gordon Sondland now recalls communicating quid pro quo to Ukrainian official," 5 Nov. 2019 In a blistering decision, a King County judge on Tuesday found no merit to allegations that a Seattle police officer perjured himself in testimony about last year’s fatal shooting of Charleena Lyles. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Judge calls perjury allegations against officer in Charleena Lyles lawsuit ‘baseless’," 26 June 2018 During depositions taken as part of a 2007 libel lawsuit against Trump biographer Tim O’Brien, Trump admitted to lying publicly more than 30 times in order to avoid lying under oath and perjuring himself. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The raging controversy over whether to call Trump’s lies “lies,” explained," 30 May 2018 May the disagreements that seem to perjure give way to good faith efforts to find solutions to the issues facing Your nation in a manner consistent with the great traditions of our Republican form of government. Ashley Killough, CNN, "House Chaplain gives opening prayer after rescinding his resignation," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of perjure

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for perjure

Anglo-French parjurer, perjurer, from Latin perjurare, from per- detrimentally, for the worse + jurare to swear — more at per-, jury

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“Perjure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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per·​jure | \ ˈpər-jər How to pronounce perjure (audio) \
perjured; perjuring

Legal Definition of perjure

: to make a perjurer of (oneself)

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